Several groups of transportation-related workers have announced various strikes over the Easter holiday period in Spain as follows:
Canceled – Air Nostrum: The Air Nostrum pilot’s strike has been called off, however, Iberia says it is not able to recover already cancelled flights for April 16. (Air Nostrum operates regional flights for Iberia with 8000 series flight numbers) Iberia is working to reinstate as many flights as possible already canceled for April 17. Iberia is still offering flexible rebooking for the other original strike dates that also include April 22-24.
Security workers at Madrid Airport: An indefinite strike by private security workers at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport is expected to continue. Reports indicate that passengers have been forced to wait in line for up to 90 minutes to pass through security checkpoints at the airport’s four terminals.
Airport ground handling: Madrid’s ground handling staff plan to strike April 21 and 24, when many travelers are expected to return from the Easter holidays.
Rail workers: Workers from Adif which manages Spanish railway infrastructure, High-Speed Adif and the state ports authority will strike on April 17. Meanwhile security guards who work with the state-owned Renfe rail service will also strike. Their job action will occur over a two hour period every day between April 18 and 28. Semaf, the largest train driver union at Renfe, has called a 24-hour strike for April 23.
Travelers are advised to monitor and reconfirm air and ground transportation arrangements in addition to allowing for extra time for travel over the next 10 days.
Please contact your Adelman travel consultant for additional information.